1. the weather! Summer is officially OVER and I am thrillllllled about it! Honestly, the end of the summer can get a little depressing (similar to a dragging on winter), and we were really feeling it. But finally it's cooled down, and my gosh, those windows open, scooter-walks, picnic breakfasts, jumping on the trampoline, exercising outside, and grilled dinners. It brings me insane amounts of happiness! Last night we had a bonfire with friends, where we chatted and roasted s'mores. It was absolutely lovely!
I was sitting on the living room floor, folding clothes, and Garrett was making his way through the living room to our room. He paused and said, "When other people see us, do you think they can tell how good we have it...?" And without leaving me time to respond, he continued, "Like, do you think they know that we are the happiest couple that has ever lived?"
He wasn't flirting or trying to get a reaction out of me, he was dead serious, genuinely asking. I responded, "I'm not sure. But we really are, huh?" And then he nodded and headed into our room.
8 years ago...dating over the summer....making out in a no parking zone...;)
Our little Belle is 8 months old! I've got the typical mix of "wait, that went by so fast!" and "it feels like she's always been here."
If I'm being completely honest...I think Belle may be, 100% serious, the best baby that has ever lived. Really though, she is such an angel. She is happy, content, joyful, smiley, quiet, entertains herself, low-maintance, sleepy, well-adjusted, always along for the ride...just really, I couldn't love her more.
I've been in a bit of a funk lately. More than "a bit," if I'm being honest. About a month ago I started a new birth control, and literally, "funk" symptoms started immediately. I've since stopped said birth control, but yikes, man, that was crazy for a while there.
It also happened to be the same month that Garrett was gone 60+ hours a week for work, plus how ever many hours doing bishopric stuff. Belle had a bit of a sleep regression. AND we tried putting Rae & Johnny in the same room, which has been a bit of a disaster. I don't do well without sleep for extended periods of time. We also started very strict "spending freeze" as we do every so often, when we feel like we want to reel it in a bit, or save up real quick for something fun (what's up christmas). That has turned out to be terrible timing, as we all know that shopping therapy IS a thing, especially when life is stressful or overwhelming or a bit unproportional in terms of kid vs adult time, but we're sticking to it nonetheless. On top of that, we're at the last edge of summer, and we're pretty fed up with the blazing hot temperatures. Just a few more weeks and our lives will be total bliss with windows open and the majority of our waking-hours spent outside...but for now, we're completely over the 100+ degree temperatures and being cooped up inside.
So, all of that, plus a very hormonal Kaela....it's been a tough month for all of us. In all honesty, probably the toughest of our family's life. But I feel like we put up a pretty dang good fight for happiness, even though. Full disclosure: one night I DID end up Zillowing new homes in Idaho and then tearfully petitioning Garrett to quit is job, drop everything, and move us all to Idaho, like TOMORROW. But other than that, we tried to keep our composure.
Anyways, I don't know why I'm writing this out for all the world to see....probably because I know that really very little of the world really cares, and also...I've hit a point in my life where I really don't care much about what the world thinks anyways.
But also. I know that life-storms are natural and normal and actually serve a very important purpose, although that's nearly impossible to remember when you're in the middle of it. And so, I wanted to document, for myself, a few of the things that helped us square our shoulders and endure.